Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in a home. Families congregate and friends socialize there. Kitchens have five basic layouts, which include the single wall, galley, G-, L- and U-shaped arrangements. And a U shaped kitchen is one of the most functional layouts in kitchen designs. A U shaped kitchen is efficient because of the ability to move freely within the space equally. A U shaped kitchen typically have a countertop, sink, dishwasher and cabinets situated at the bottom of the U-shape, with countertops, cabinets and appliances on either side that run parallel to each other and perpendicular to the base. A U shaped kitchen also can fit into small country house plans or larger houses.
While the U shaped kitchen allows for lots of storage space, the corner cabinets might not be very useful. Even with sliding racks or lazy susans, it is difficult to access those cabinets. Depending on size, a U-shaped kitchen can get claustrophobic. This is especially true if you add an island to the center of the U for extra cabinet and counter space. Heavy cabinetry can create a closed in feeling. To decorating a U shaped kitchen you can create a focal point on it. Keep in mind that if you do include a focal point, you should stop at one; too much going on detracts from the design.